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Majestic sunflower field raises more than £20,000

Pictured enjoying the magnificent field of sunflowers are: Hilary Russell (whose field the flowers are planted in), Mary Haley, Carol Simpson, Jean Hamill (president), Margaret Mitchell (treasurer), Mavis Jardine and Janet Howard (secretary) of Inner Wheel Club with Ivy Turner and Lorraine Wilson of Cancer Research.

A SPECTACULAR field of towering sunflowers near Newtownstewart which captured the hearts of the people of Tyrone and beyond, has helped to raise an upwards of £20,000 for a cancer charity.

Described as bringing little sparks of summer to these recent grey and rainy days, the giant yellow flowers were beautifully grown and tended to by William Russell.

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The Omagh Inner Wheel invited local people to come along to William’s field at Deerpark Road to enjoy the bright waves of dancing sunflowers and pick them, all while giving an anonymous donation to Cancer Research.

Within a number of days, every last sunflower had been enjoyed and cut – but not before £20,200 was raised for the charity.

Vena Jameson from the Omagh Committee of Cancer Research said that she was simply overwhelmed by the success of the sunflower field.
“We are deeply indebted to Jean Hamill and the Omagh Inner Wheel ladies for choosing our charity for their fundraising,” Vena said.

“I’d like also to say a very big thank you to Jean’s son-in-law Willie for planting the seeds, his wife Hilary, and daughters Gemma and Zoe for the media coverage and manning the field.

“Last but by no means least, I wish to thank the very generous public who came from all arts and parts to visit and who gave so generously.
“The amazing experience will stay with us all for a long time to come.”

• If you enjoyed this sunflower field spectacle, then never fear. There is now another sunflower field which has opened and ready for visitors on the A5 from Omagh to Ballygawley. Again all donations raised go to Cancer Research.

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